Naaahhh is a sound project that seems to have pushed through to the other side of underground rave culture, simulating the vibes of the next day’s grotty hangovers with queasy electronic tones and textures. And yet Themes still sounds good enough that you’d actually want to listen to it! Vivid dark atmospheric material, released by Blackest Ever Black.
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 January 2017
Right, so Clint asks me “reckon you could review this?” And I was like……. "Yes".
He also asked me to make a really funny joke, and I went, naaahhh. Hngh.
So this is a new project (I won’t say the name again after that stinker) on Blackest Ever Black featuring an unknown number of people smearing out vaguely ravey bleep tones into a mild sonic maelstrom in the London underground. That’s a small ‘u’. Our descriptions baron Tom described them as ‘queasy’, he ain’t wrong.
If the sounds were once related to rave, they’ve since been hung, drawn and quartered, ghostly impressions of their former selves more in line with the electroacoustic style than anything else. Weird alien sounds drift past like solar wind, or a cloud of dope smoke (see the cover for confirmation)(is that a double L plate??). I can’t believe they put Wiley and Loefah under the RIYL bit in the press release. What the hell. Nothing could be more misleading about the content of this 12” wax vinyl disc. I guess that there’s some Loefah-esque sub drops (a personal highlight) and very very distant percussions combining on a few tracks, but overall it’s like Wiley out for trick or treat, except he’s the treat. This record is like eating Wiley. Goodbye
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